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Director of Development

Optica Foundation
Hybrid, Washington, DC

Founded in 2002, the Optica Foundation has emerged as a transformative force in the advancement of optics and photonics research. With a mission focused on supporting early-career researchers addressing global challenges, the Foundation has built a reputation for fostering groundbreaking research and creating a vibrant community. Its influence extends globally, impacting over 140,000 beneficiaries through initiatives that span a diverse array of disciplines, including communications, environmental sciences, and healthcare.

The Foundation’s commitment to innovation is evident through initiatives like the Foundation Challenge, the Women’s Scholars Program, and the network of over 400 student chapters worldwide. As the Optica Foundation continues to shape the future of optics and photonics, its multifaceted approach to philanthropy underscores a dedication to not only supporting scientific breakthroughs but also nurturing a collaborative environment that empowers the next generation of leaders and innovators.

The Opportunity

As the Foundation aims to further expand its impact, it is seeking an inaugural Director of Development (DoD) who will play a pivotal role in driving fundraising success and shaping the organization’s future.

The DoD will lead strategic fundraising efforts, engaging with individuals, corporations, and foundations to secure support for the Foundation’s mission. This versatile leader will be responsible for developing and executing a comprehensive donor cultivation strategy, managing a portfolio of prospects, and closing major gifts. The ideal candidate will bring an entrepreneurial spirit, experience working with scientists and researchers, and a commitment to advancing nuanced scientific exploration.

The DoD will be instrumental in shaping the Foundation’s future by creating best-in-class processes and driving fundraising success, making a lasting impact on the world of optics and photonics. The role requires exceptional relationship-building skills, collaborative leadership qualities, and a deep understanding and embrace of the Optica Foundation’s mission and values. As a key representative of the organization, the Director will play a crucial role in advancing optics and photonics globally, offering solutions to pressing global challenges like climate change and advancing medical diagnostics.


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